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  2. Thanks for the suggestions I installed the Seek and PlantSnap apps and gave them a quick test run outside the house. The technology is pretty amazing. Should help a lot ID'ing flowers/plants etc. and not get bogged down so much when trying to figure out what vegetation I've photographed.
  3. Yesterday
  4. I have an echo tower. I can ask Alexa “what is the temperature”. Or set the alarm to 7 am and wake up to Willie Nelson singing. I can say, “play 80s pop” or 70s country. Soft jazz. Or whatever I want. When I leave the house, I say, “Alexa, play bird sounds” and my Echo bird has birdsong to listen to while I’m gone. She starts tweeting and whistling in anticipation the minute she hears me ask Alexa for it. African Grays like to mimic. But when I asked Alexa yesterday to get Oklahoma Sooner Sports Radio FM107.7, she kept giving me that number station from somewhere else, which was playing music that made me want to kneel down and worship the Porcelain Throne. I must’ve tried 6 times and gave up. Alexa would say, “Hmm, I don’t know that one” or give me THAT station again. Funny, she got it for me last Saturday. Yeah. Frustrating.
  5. From the horse’s mouth. You should know. I just gained some understanding. Never thought about advertising. Speaking of which...I used to look at the newspaper inserts to see if there was anything I’d be interested in. They go straight into my bin now, without glancing at them, unless it’s a grocery ad special. I've ordered a few things over the Internet, but it has been my seeking them out, not from ads. Mainly paint and watercolor paper.
  6. Thank you for being so willing to take advice. You’d be surprised how some contributors get mad at implied criticism when it is meant as suggestions. All we want is to see you succeed.
  7. Number 5, the hopper feeder is the one I had. Even though a squirrel’s weight would shut it, they learned to hang from above so as not to put weight on the bar. Also had the domed one. And yes, the seed did get wet. Most of our rain and snow involves some wind, blowing the moisture sideways. Then I had a very expensive one (around $100) mounted on a pole near my dining room window. It was supposed to be squirrel proof, but as soon as we mounted it, a raccoon tore it to pieces that night. I never found out if the squirrels could master it. Best I can remember, considering it’s short life, I think it was one with a cage around it. We did get a city-provided trap for the raccoon because it tore up 3 feeders. That was expensive. The city just took it to the countryside and released it. Squirrels don’t like niger or safflower seed. Sunflower seeds? Squirrels will slit your throat for it, even though we put out corn. And sunflower seeds were what my cardinals, titmouses and chickadees loved. Downy woodpeckers developed a love for sunflower seeds. They couldn’t just take them in their beaks and crack them, but learned to wedge one in a crack in the bark of my crabapple tree. Then they hung on the tree and pecked it open. Quite fascinating to watch. The crow was amazing.
  8. Thank You, Baron Inchiquin) In any case, while I translate using Yandex translator, I use a broken "crutch") Example of a phrase: End of September - translation - The end of September. I would have written so, but they write - End of September - beautifully. You must learn English)) * "The crutch symbolizes support on the one hand, and lameness and moral shortcomings, old age and poverty on the other. In Christianity, the crutch is the emblem of saints Anthony the Hermit and Romuald." Костыль. Crutch - spike, cane. Support - pillar.
  9. Only occasionally when doing a very small flower, most of the time just the macro is enough. I do seem to struggle with focus when the macro is combined with an extension tube, usually end up with focus in the wrong place more often than not.
  10. first time, nice. such issue seem to be reported once every few months on the forum. i have never noticed it going beyond 72 hours. i guess it's frustrating for News and reportage uploads (live news sitting in limbo after the 2 days) but does it really affect stock? i think I've had one sale of an image that was i less than 2 weeks old (excluding livenews) and yes it's been erratic for 10 days now.
  11. Yes, it's high time for a major reset in both those departments. I'm not religious in the organized way, but perhaps the Cosmos is trying to tell us something. 🌞
  12. Seek from iNature, Google Lens, and PlantSnap are useful. We've had a discussion of them on another thread. You can get at least the genus for most things and check with Google Images and Wikipedia and see if the app ID matches what you can find on line.
  13. Yours or a neighbours cat paying a visit? My cat is very vocal first thing in the day. Our discussion is usually regarding what of the many cat food tins or sachets he fancies for breakfast. Our communication is very hit and miss, and he has no set favourite. If the choice is wrong it barely gets a sniff before he restarts our conversation. Today's choice was beef in jelly which he devoured. The neighbours cats usually gets the unwanted breakfast, they missed out today.
  14. Tell me about it! I spent three years in Germany, not speaking a word of German when I arrived, and I sometimes found myself wanting to beat my head against the wall in frustration at not being able to convey my thoughts adequately. I think people often don't often take this into consideration when talking to foreigners. You can be the most accomplished conversationalist in the world but if you only have a very limited vocabulary it counts for nothing. Neli, you're doing fine so far. Alan
  15. Paul, I just want to say that you are right about the quality of the images one can take with an iPhone. And you might want to think about contributing to Stockimo, Alamy's iPhone stock agency. https://www.stockimo.com
  16. I would expect tomorrow to be 'newspaper' day. Hopefully a floodgates-worth...
  17. Reading your latest blog post, Edo, I was reminded of Marshall McLuhan. I was a big fan of his writings during my university days, and he remains my go-to media nerd/guru. He had it all figured out back in the 60's. This quote of his came to mind immediately: "We are as numb in our new electric world as the native involved in our literate and mechanical culture." (1964) (You could now replace "electric world" with "digital world".) P.S. I still have an on/off transistor radio that I bought in the early 70's. It works great for FM. 🙃
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STERRY/Nature Photographers Ltd October 2020, Bird Watching, p35, nightingale, M8T7A2, Han Bouwmeester/AGAMI Photo Agency October 2020, Bird Watching, pp36-37, black grouse, F157KW, Markus Varesvuo/Nature Picture Library October 2020, Bird Watching, p38, black grouse, W7X628, Ben Cranke October 2020, Bird Watching, p38, female black grouse, DJ0Y70, Malcolm Schuyl October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p48, juvenile grey wagtail, M6MY7M, Lee Hudson October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p48, white-throated dipper, DH559Y, Wild Dales Photography - Simon Phillpotts October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p48, great crested grebe, M8XF42, Ran Schols/AGAMI Photo Agency October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p49, common sandpiper, BFNHME, steve young October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p49, coot and mandarin duck, 2BMD65N, Alan Novelli October 2020, Bird Watching, p47 & p49, tufted duck, BDDMXJ, nigel pye October 2020, Bird Watching, p50, grey wagtail, DJ77KM, David Chapman October 2020, Bird Watching, p50, pied wagtail, 2ACD899, Roy Waller October 2020, Bird Watching, p50, yellow wagtail, T5HBGJ, Sandra Standbridge [Flipped L-R] October 2020, Bird Watching, p50, little grebe, R2Y5NF, PjrNature October 2020, Bird Watching, p50, linnet, FJPJ3M, Lisa Geoghegan October 2020, Bird Watching, p53, Bute Park in Cardiff, E1EWM5, Tibor Bognar October 2020, Bird Watching, p53, RSPB Middleton Lakes, DP7GTX, FLPA October 2020, Bird Watching, p54, ringed plover, C5WNGD, WILDLIFE GmbH October 2020, Bird Watching, p54, otter, credited to Nature Picture Library/Alamy but I can't find exact one October 2020, Bird Watching, p55, goosanders, FD5DGD, KEVIN ELSBY October 2020, Bird Watching, p55, jumping brown trout, F147K0, Andy Rouse/Nature Picture Library [cropped] October 2020, Bird Watching, p56, common sandpiper, TRE3G5, A. 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Small/AGAMI Photo Agency October 2020, Bird Watching, p111, eider duck, JGM6EX, Glenn Welch [Flipped L-R] ISSN: 02691434
  19. Indeed I hope you are right John, time for an overdue adjustment in our values and practices.
  20. Good start to the month then very little, things are generally better than I had expected given the circumstances, but a continuing longterm downward trajectory on income.
  21. To me the most telling (and troubling) sign is the dramatic fall in zooms. A lot of publishers appear to have stopped or postponed looking for images. Unfortunately, things are going to get worse before they get better economically, and this will no doubt continue to negatively affect Alamy and everyone else. Ultimately, I think -- or at least hope -- that a lot of good could come out of this global pandemic in the way of both economic and social changes, but that's a long way off.
  22. Thank You Steve! well. Yes, sometimes it is difficult to translate your thoughts from Russian to English, it is not possible to convey your thoughts.
  23. I think for simple phrases you're ok. For more complicated things, maybe try using both Yandex and Google and compare the translations that you get.
  24. Don't be embarrassed, most of us Brits are terrible at foreign languages!
  25. Наиля, Молодец для письма на иностранном языке. Вы можете не получить ответы на некоторые из ваших вопросов от других участников форума, потому что часть вашего текста не всегда имеет смысл на английском языке. Имейте в виду, что программы автоматического перевода, включая Google Translate, на самом деле не очень хороши! Стив ps Как бы я ни хотел провести полевой день с французским или немецким языком, общий язык этого форума - английский; если вы хотите написать кому-то на русском языке, вам, вероятно, лучше всего сделать это за пределами форума с помощью личных сообщений. Hi, Steve! Yes, to my shame, I use a translator. Thank you for telling me about my omission.Now I will fix everything, all my answers, apparently somewhere in Russian automatically answered, without translation.
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